Monday, July 8, 2013

Tramore - a seaside haven

'Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.'

Jimi Hendrix

For this week’s exploration of the ‘101 things to do...’ we are going to take a look at Tramore; the perfect location to fully enjoy the glorious weather.

Once a small fishing village, Tramore’s transformation into a popular tourist destination began in 1853 with the introduction of a railway line, linking the village to Waterford City. This line eventually closed in 1961. With improved transport links, tourist quickly identified Tramore to be an ideal holiday destination. Tourists were attracted by the seaside area’s natural landscape, scenic beauty   and picturesque sea views. The town soon became to rely on its tourism trade as much if not more than it’s fishing heritage. Additionally, the once small village gradually expanded over the decades, eventually becoming a satellite town to Waterford city, due to its close proximity and continually improving transport links.

Tramore soon became a popular tourist destination, offering a traditional seaside experience of ice-cream, fairground and a long promenade. However, the heart of Tramore’s attractiveness among tourists is it’s magnificent beach, combined with the numerous seaside and water activities, which can be enjoyed by all the family.  Many people love to relax on the beach, sunbath (weather permitting!) enjoy the breathtaking sea views and go for a swim. The beach also proves to popular for walkers who like to take in picturesque seaside landscape. For instance, enjoy the scenic treks from Lakeview Stables along the beach. Why not follow the course of the beach, which will take you right down to the equally striking Sand Dunes.

In recent years, Tramore has become renowned surfing destination as well as other watersports including kitesurfing and windsurfing. as well as other water-sports including kite-surfing and wind-surfing.  Surfing was first introduced to the town in 1967 , spearheaded by Irish surfing pioneer Kevin Cavey. Due to the popularity of the sport, Tramore has many surf stores, board manufacturers, surf schools and hire shops in the town. There are many good breaks in and around Tramore. So why not try  out Tramore’s favourite pastime by getting surfing lessons;  Oceanics Surf School just a five-minute walk from the beach.

After a day of activities or relaxation on the beach, why not take a stroll through the Amusement Park.Enjoy the rides and the fun atmosphere, which will add to a memorable day out. Additionally, Tramore houses a number of exciting activity centres.  For instance, Splashworld, the South East’s largest indoor water-park, always proves to be an exciting family day out, especially if it’s raining outside. Pirates Cove Adventure Centre ensures great fun for all the kids with bowling, glow in the dark golf, bouncy castles and refreshments.

For those who like a flutter, Tramore Race Course holds eleven race meetings during any one year with a four day August Festival being the highlight of the racing calendar.  This year the August Festival takes place between 15th – 18th and always proves to be an exiting family day out. Additionally, if you wish to chance your luck future, why not sample the slot machines in one of Tramore amusement arcades. After a day out at the races why not sample Tramore’s restaurants and nightlight. The town houses a number of pubs which offer music and entertainment especially during the summer months. These pubs include O’ Neills, The Vic & Murphy’s Bar to name but a few.

So, whether you want a fun family day out, relax with your friends or explore Waterford’s coastal beauty, this sea-side town is certainly worth a visit. 

If you a planning a trip to Waterford Castle Hotel, why not view our ‘101 things to do’, which contains a variety of activities which can be enjoyed during your trip. To view the list, please visit . Additionally, if you are planning to visit Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort or if you have recently stayed with us, why not visit our Tripadvisor page .

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